New Pittsburgh Courier
Over the last decade, plastic surgery has become a mainstay in our society.
Not only have celebrities such as Joan Rivers, comedienne Kathy Griffith
and Carnie Wilson become self-professed plastic surgery advocates, but
average men and women jumped on the cosmetic surgery bandwagon, as
aesthetic enhancements have become a regular fixture in our culture.
Programs about cosmetic surgery such as ABC's "Extreme Makeover" and MTV's
"I Want A Famous Face" have perpetuated the trend making that used to be a
dirty little secret, something that people now regularly boast about having
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the leading national
organization of board-certified plastic surgeons that specialize in
cosmetic surgery has announced their plastic surgery trend predictions for
2005. Below is a summation of those predictions.
* Hello restalyne, goodbye collagen: New, long lasting soft tissue fillers
for facial wrinkles and creases will challenge collagen for the number one
spot among injectable cosmetic treatments.
* Facial rejuvenation: Endoscopic (arthroscopic) facial rejuvenation
procedures will increase in popularity. Suture suspension techniques that
promise facial rejuvenation with minimal downtime will also be a popular
trend. There will be many patients who will still opt for traditional
facelifts or endoscopic procedures with more predictable and lasting
* Total body surgery: The number of total body lifts, including torso,
breasts and for some patients, face and neck will increase, as post
bariatric surgery patients seek plastic surgery to rid themselves of excess
skin left hanging after massive weight loss.
* Biggest buzz: A new generation of breast implant fillers and coatings,
advanced lasers that rejuvenate the skin from the inside out, new products
for scar management and keloid prevention.
* Lifestyle assessment referrals: After receiving plastic surgery, doctors
will refer their patients to other health and beauty professionals
including specialists in nutrition, weight management and cosmetic
* Emphasis on nostalgia & elegance: More cosmetic surgery patients will
express a preference for classical facial features embodied by celebrities
like Nicole Kidman and icons like Grace Kelly.
* Ethnic minorities: Cosmetic surgery for racial and ethnic minorities in
the United States will increase.
* Patient safety: National attention will result in more stringent
requirements for physician credentials to perform cosmetic surgery.
* Non-invasive fat removal: Experimental techniques that will offer a
non-invasive alternative to liposuction will be tested in clinical trials.
* "Reality" TV: The long term psychological effect of undergoing a dramatic
change in appearance from simultaneous multiple-procedures, as is common
for participants of reality shows, may surface in 2005.
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